A significant item of artwork on public display in Britain, or a collection.

National Memorial Arboretum revisited

Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum is a year-round centre of remembrance and needs to be revisited.  Not only should a first visit be mandatory, but also it is one of those places that gives more each time you go.  It changes with the seasons of course, but also as trees mature and new memorials are added.  […]

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St Patrick’s Chapel, Heysham

Ruins, Chapel, Heysham, stone graves

This is one of our friend Jeni’s favourite places and she said we should go; so of course we did. Heysham (pronounced ‘hee-shum’, not ‘hay-sham’) sits on Lancashire’s coast at the southern end of Morecambe Bay.  I knew of Heysham as a ferry port, offering services to the Isle of Man and Ireland, as well

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Angel of the North, steel statue and daffodil

Statue, North East, England, Gormley

So there you are, trundling down (or up) the A1 by Newcastle/Gateshead and this gigantic, rust-coloured, figure flashes past your peripheral vision.  “Oh”, you think to yourself, in a wondering kind of way, “That can’t possibly be a very old aeroplane; it must be the Angel of the North.”  And you’d be one of about

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Eleven O One

In 1918, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns on the Western Front fell silent.  Just imagine.  For the first time in more than four years, in this part of Europe, men stopped killing one another.  Fighting had officially continued throughout that morning, however.  Some, like American General

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A bit about Constable Country

Willy Lott's House at Flatford Mill

ABAB’s regular reader (thank you – the cheque’s in the post) will know that my knowledge of art could be sketched on the back of very small postage stamp.  Nevertheless, in the endless pursuit of intriguing stories and occasionally stimulating bits of Britain, which may attract and amuse, the intrepid Bit About Britain team set

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum comes under the heading, ‘Not to be missed in Glasgow’.  A Spitfire rubs shoulders (or undercarriage/trunk) with Sir Roger the elephant; there’s a stuffed eagle (and other animals), lumps of rock (aka ‘geology’), ancient Egyptian coffins, suits of armour, guns, Charles Rennie Mackintosh bits, fearsome dinosaurs – and loads and

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Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers

Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers, sculpture in Scarborough by Ray Lonsdale

He sits on his bench in his overcoat, cloth cap pulled slightly down, gazing out to sea.  His walking stick is loosely held in his left hand, his right arm draped casually over the back of the bench.  It looks like a favourite spot along Scarborough’s North Bay. This is an astonishing, giant, sculpture in

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